What is a Tooth Cap?

Have you ever wondered what a tooth cap is? You’re not alone! A lot of people don’t know the difference between a dental cap and a dental crown. In this blog post, we will answer that question and provide a basic definition for each. We’ll also discuss the reasons why you might need a tooth cap and the different materials used to make them. Finally, we’ll describe the process of having one placed in your mouth.

What is a Tooth Cap?

A dental cap, also known as a dental crown, is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

The terms “cap” and “crown” are often used interchangeably. Although they both mean the same thing, “cap” is an older term and “crown” is the modern term. However your dentist will know what you mean no matter what term you decide to use.

zirconia crown

There are many reasons why you might need a dental crown. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
  • To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To make a cosmetic modification

There are several different materials that can be used to make a dental crown. These materials can include metals, ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, and composite. The type of material that is best for you will be determined by the location of the tooth being crowned as well as your personal preference. Another factor that can impact the material of your dental crown includes whether you are having a temporary or permanent crown placed.

Permanent crowns are made in a dental lab and are usually made of porcelain or ceramic. They are then placed over the tooth after the tooth has been prepared. Temporary crowns are made in the dentist’s office and are usually made of composite resin. They serve as a placeholder and protector until the permanent crown is ready to be placed.

How are crowns placed?

placing a dental crown

The process of having a dental crown placed generally takes two appointments. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared and a mold is made. The mold is then sent to a dental lab where the crown is made. During the second appointment, the permanent crown is placed on the tooth.

In some cases, both appointments can be combined into a single appointment. However, this is only the case when the crown is being made in the dental office with a same-day crown machine.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have provided you with a basic definition of a dental crown as well as the reasons why you might need one. We’ve also discussed the different materials used to make dental crowns and the difference between temporary and permanent crowns. Finally, we’ve described the process of having a dental crown placed. We hope you found this blog post helpful! If you have any questions about dental crowns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Thanks for reading!


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Advantages of Digital Dental Impression Technology

Dental impressions have been an essential part of dental procedures for decades, allowing dentists to accurately and precisely create restorations and orthodontic appliances. However, traditional dental impression techniques have their limitations, including inaccuracies, discomfort for the patient, and time-consuming processes. With the advancements in technology, dental impressions can now be taken digitally, improving the accuracy, efficiency, and comfort for the patient. In this blog post, we will discuss digital dental impression technology and its advantages.

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How to Adapt to Your New Dentures

Adjusting to life with dentures can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time wearing them. But you don’t need to worry — with some patience and practice, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of your new teeth in no time. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the basics of what it takes to adjust to your dentures so that you can start smiling confidently again. From how long it typically takes for a person’s mouth and gums to get used to their new teeth, learning how diet choices affect how well they fit, as well as finding helpful support from fellow denture-wearers along the way – we cover all of this and more!

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The Ins and Outs of Inlays and Onlays

If you’re like many people, you may not know the differences between inlays and onlays and when each is used. Whether you need one or both of these treatments—or neither at all—will depend upon your specific dental needs. We want to make sure that everyone understands what exactly an inlay or onlay does for their teeth, so here’s everything you need to know about these restorative procedures.

Happy Dentist's Day

Happy Dentist’s Day

Happy National Dentist’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate all the hardworking dentists out there who help us keep our teeth clean and healthy. Whether you love going to the dentist or not, we should all be thankful for the expert care they provide. Dentistry is an important part of health care, and regular dental exams are key to maintaining good oral and overall health. Thanks for reading and celebrating National Dentist’s Day with our dentists!


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